Rep. Oliver Issues Apology Over Boneheaded Use Of Word “Lynched” To Protest Removal Of Historic Monuments

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 22nd, 2017 at 1:21 pm

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Filed Under: Civil Rights, Culture, History, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, News, Politics, Race

The following is a statement from Rep. Karl Oliver regarding the public firestorm surrounding his use of the word “lynched” in a Facebook Post protesting the removal of historic monuments: “I, first and foremost, wish to extend this apology for any embarrassment I have caused to both my colleagues and fellow Mississippians. In an effort […]

Mississippi Economy Struggles As Other States Take Off

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 20th, 2017 at 6:36 am

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Filed Under: Business, Economy, Job Growth, Mississippi, MS State Government, News

Mississippi suffers from a cluster of ills that make it an economic laggard. Only 53 percent of Mississippi adults were working in 2016, the second lowest share of any state. Mississippi’s economy depends on slow-growth sectors, including government employment.

MS Supreme Court Hears Arguments In School Funding Lawsuit

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 20th, 2017 at 6:23 am

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Filed Under: Education, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Ronnie Musgrove, Spending, Superintendents

At stake is the demand from the school districts to be paid back $236 million that the 21 districts say the state owes them for the budget years 2010 through 2015, representing their shares of how much the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula was shorted.

Mississippi Capitol Designated As National Historic Landmark.

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 5th, 2017 at 11:04 am

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Filed Under: City of Jackson, Culture, Federal Government, History, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, National, News

Mississippi officials are celebrating the designation of the state Capitol as a National Historic Landmark. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and others took part in a ceremony Thursday inside the structure that is still a working statehouse. The Capitol cost only $1 million when it was built between 1901 and 1903. It has undergone multiple restoration […]

Taxpayer Funded “Economic Development” Project In Hattiesburg Is Latest Struggling To Make Payments And Hit Job Numbers.

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 5th, 2017 at 10:47 am

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Filed Under: Business, Economic Development, Economy, Energy, Ethics, Hattiesburg, MDA, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Taxes

Stion had been working closely with the Mississippi Development Authority to rework the terms of its original $75 million loan with the state. Capital investment projection numbers were lowered to $250 million by December 2019 and job creation numbers dropped to 500 by December 2022.

Mississippi Medicaid Mistake Puts Taxpayers On The Hook For $21 Million Refund To Feds

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 27th, 2017 at 5:33 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Education, Federal Government, Insurance, MDE, Medicaid, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Spending

The state Division of Medicaid could face an unwelcome expenditure, following a federal audit’s findings that the agency, in error, claimed $21.2 million in unallowable reimbursements from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over a three-year period. The report released by the Office of Inspector General last month recommends the state refund that […]

MS Board of Education Wants Control Of Achievement District

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 23rd, 2017 at 1:01 pm

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Filed Under: Carey Wright, MDE, Mississippi, News, Politics, Superintendents, Teachers

Some members of Mississippi’s state Board of Education want direct control over a statewide school district that will take charge of faltering local schools and districts. The board members Thursday said they felt state Superintendent Carey Wright was cutting them out of the process to choose a superintendent for Mississippi’s achievement school district, which was […]

Government Contract Reforms That Should Be Big News Get Little Attention

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 22nd, 2017 at 6:10 am

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Filed Under: Ethics, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Opinion, Spending

As the dismal saga of bribery and extortion swirling around former Commissioner Chris Epps and Mississippi Department of Corrections contracts continues to make headlines, epic reforms to the public contracting process slipped through the Legislature with scant media attention. Longtime champion of contract reform Representative Jerry Turner passed legislation that completely revamps the public contract […]

Governor Signs ABLE Act Allowing Tax-Free Savings To Assist Special Needs

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 14th, 2017 at 9:46 pm

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Filed Under: Desoto County, Governor, Inspirational, Kevin Blackwell, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Public Service, Republican, Taxes

The sponsor of the bill, state Sen. Kevin Blackwell, R-Olive Branch, called the legislation significant for the lives of those affected by disabilities and special needs.

“It’s something that will help folks not only now but provide down the line for families who have children with special needs,” Blackwell said. “At the time of the demise of their parents, these children will have the resources to be cared for and live as full and productive lives as possible.”

Former Biloxi Mayor, State Legislator And Judge Danny Guice Dead At 92

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 14th, 2017 at 2:05 pm

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Filed Under: Biloxi, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News

Former Biloxi Mayor Daniel “Danny” Guice, who lived in the city all his life, died Thursday at age 92. Guice had been a state legislator, three-term mayor of Biloxi from 1961 to 1973 and a county court judge. “Danny Guice was a beloved individual,” Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “He was a benevolent leader […]